The fourth cohort of a community outreach program leading to a certificate of applied urban ministry will be offered at Niagara University this spring. Designed by representatives of faith communities in Niagara Falls and Buffalo in cooperation with the university, the interdenominational program is intended to help pastors and lay people become more effective leaders in their respective churches and communities.
The spring series of classes will start with a mandatory orientation session on Feb. 19. Classes commence Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.
Students must complete 11 courses in order to complete the final requirements to graduate. The program consists of four core courses, three courses from either the clergy or lay tract, and four elective courses.
Instructors are selected from various denominations and areas of expertise in order to bring a comprehensive view to church leadership, faith and the people who support their churches.
The only cost associated with the program is a $35 application fee. Returning students who wish to take any of the new "applied" courses in urban ministry may do so for a re-enrollment fee of $5.